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Ok Computer

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UJQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,499 customer reviews
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1. Airbag
2. Paranoid Android
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien
4. Exit Music (For A Film)
5. Let Down
6. Karma Police
7. Fitter Happier
8. Electioneering
9. Climbing Up The Walls
10. No Surprises
11. Lucky
12. Tourist, The

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Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song.


Whilst one suspects some kind of pre-millennial hysteria prompted Q magazine's readers to vote OK Computer The Greatest Album Ever Made scarcely five months after its release, it certainly doesn't look stupid up there in the pantheon. Following the hot red rock attack of 1995's The Bends, OK Computer heads out into the cold deep space of prog-rock and comes back with stuff that makes mere pop earthlings like Stereophonics tremble. Whilst the eight-minute-long "Paranoid Android" comes across like "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a gun held to its head, and "Electioneering" is a little too like a kiddy-version of Blood And Chocolate-era Elvis Costello to be truly revelatory, the rest of OK Computer spans the sublime to the ridiculously sublime. Thom Yorke had been obsessed with Ennio Morricone during the recording of the album (in a haunted mansion, fact-fans), and it shows on the expansive space-dream of "Subterranean Homesick Alien" and the endlessly comforting closer "The Tourist". And if neither "No Surprises" (played on a toy guitar with Yorke and Ed O'Brien harmonising like a two-man Crowded House) nor "Lucky" (recorded in one day for the Bosnian aid album War Child--it reduced Yorke to tears the first time he heard it played back) make the hairs on your skin spit with electricity, then maybe you're with the Q reader who voted for Anita by Anita Dobson. --Caitlin Moran

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I know everyone has said this a million times already, but this album really was ahead of its time. I only just bought it, 10 years too late it seems becuase I can't beleive what I've been missing this entire time.

I'm partially writing this review so that the person with the review below me, Vader, won't be the first review you see. It seems he had gone to every single radiohead album and given it a bad review, and with nothing much to back up his opinon. Sure, this album isn't for everyone and if he doesn't like it, fine but a smart, intuitive, musically inclined person can see that these guys have a knack for writing atmospheric and captiving songs. Another review said that all drugs should be pulled from the market and people should just listen to this album. He's right. This album takes you to another world and you'll find yourself wanting more. I can't wait to hear what else Radiohead has to offer.
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Radiohead have always created complex and exciting rock. OK Computer now defining the laws of rock and roll and giving us more complex melodies and structures. This is very fitting for Radiohead because they have always tried to push their songs just that little bit further. Its very different from Pablo Honey and The Bends.
'Ok Computer' is packed with beautiful and melodic songs. Thom expressed himself that he tried to be a different person on every track, it shows. For example, the tortured torment he portrays on 'Climbing up the walls' is very different to the lulling 'No Surprises' - an instant classic.
The whole album is very varied in styles but not in quality, as all tracks stand out as strong and intricate 'art-rock'. Any one of them could have been a single.
1) Airbag - Brilliant introduction into the album, the song that reveals the wonderful way in which 'an airbag saved my life'. Very strong and some brilliant phasering effects.
2) Paranoid Android - The best song i have heard for some time now. Radiohead melt art-rock, solemn acoustics and hard rock, all into 6 and a half minutes of pure genius. Definitely one of the best songs ever written.
3) Subterranean Homesick Alien - One of my favourite tracks on the album. A mixture of calming rhodes piano with mystifying guitar effects to give you the feeling you have really been abducted by aliens.
4) Exit Music (For a film) - This song is played at the end credits of the film 'Romeo and Juliet'. Beautiful, almost baroque style. Strong, with haunting keyboard effects and a strong pulse until the end.
5) Let Down - A soft and wonderful mellow piece with the mention of squashing bugs and transport. Beautiful.
6) Karma Police - The trade mark 'the karma police will get you' track.
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I would like to start off by saying that I generally hate radiohead fans, generally for the same reason I hate miles davis fans. Radiohead is God's gift to modern rock or whatever you want to call it, they are musical geniuses that still manage to appeal to millions of people, most of whom are to myopic to see all the good points in a wide spectrum of work. This was the first radiohead cd I ever bought, although by now I have heard all the lps. Stop trying to say whether this one or the bends is the best, because they're both awesome. In the bends they were saying hey, we're not immature one hit wonders, we're good. With ok computer they're saying we're going to be different whether you like it or not. The Bends was a barrage of perfect songs (like a tribe called quest's midnight marauders, for those of you enlightened enough to know what I'm talking about), but OK Computer is a brilliant departure from the expected. Jazz musicians keep on covering Paranoid Android and Exit Music because they identify with the experimental but unyieldingly effective nature of the music.
Airbag is a banging opener, but Paranoid Android is a trip. The different pieces of it fit together, and the time signature shifts only add to the forceful element of the song. The Homesick Alien song is nice and dreamy and Exit Music is even more beautiful and is a great emotional climactic deal. I didn't like Let Down at first but it's a nice simmer and a bridge. Karma Police is irresistible. Fitter Happier is NOT A FILLER TRACK give it a chance it's a well written social commentary. Electioneering is very loud but it's got energy.
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In releasing The Bends Radiohead was grappling with the potential stigma of one-hit wonderdom in the shape of comedy track from an otherwise pretty forgettable first album. They couldn't afford to indulge themselves and, through the bittersweet passage of The Bends they didn't. Thom Yorke revealed himself as an angry, ironic and thoughtful young chap with a ripper falsetto (launching in the process a most surprising, and awfully British, new genre of pop star, the Politically-Aware Ironic Former Chorister) and the two or three Radiohead guitar players demonstrated that they could come in on time after all, and could play some pretty meaty chops too. There are some great, great songs on the Bends; at times it rocks, it swaggers, and at others it sits quietly under a tree and sings about plastic surgery. Super.
OK Computer is sort of the same, but for my money, slightly more flaccid. The songs and the arrangements are certainly easy on the ear and the textures reward repeated listening. But it's a bit *too* ironic, a bit *too* serious, a bit *too* caught up with its own importance. Thom and co. (and many others besides) wouldn't agree with me, but in my view the Rock Album is not a particularly good vessel for relaying complex socio-political messages, as it tends to tip over into self parody rather too readily. OK Computer doesn't quite do that - but it sails a tack closer to the (dire) Straits of Self-Importance than it ought, and Kid A and that other one, when they get there, promptly capsize and sink without trace.
So in my assessment, while it's pretty and moody (the track lifted from Romeo & Juliet is a cracker), it marks the point where Radiohead's famous disappearing act kicked off. Where did they go, you ask - well, when they look out these days, all they see is brown. Put it like that.
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